Purple Tomatillo & Houseplants for Every room
When it comes to growing fresh fruit and vegetables in your garden, you really are spoiled for choice.
There are so many different options at your disposal and you can sometimes get paralyzed by choice and stuck for ideas.
If you have got the basics covered and want to branch out with something slightly less commonplace, it could be time to look at growing some purple tomatillos. If you enjoy Mexican food, this will be a great addition to your garden.
- 1 What Is a Purple Tomatillo?
- 2 Uses for Purple Tomatillo
- 3 Where To Grow Purple Tomatillo
- 4 Planting Purple Tomatillos
- 5 Growing Purple Tomatillos
- 6 Harvesting Purple Tomatillos
- 7 Maintaining Purple Tomatillos
- 8 Preparing Your Tomatillos
- 9 Purple Tomatillo Recipes
- 10 House Plants for Every Area of the Home
- 11 Final Thoughts on Purple Tomatillo
What Is a Purple Tomatillo?
The tomatillo is native to Mexico. It’s one of the oldest fruit-bearing plants used as far back as 800BC by the Aztecs.
Physalis philadelphica has sweet purple fruits the size of marbles.
Physalis ixocarpa, frequently sold in markets, boasts large green fruits that ripen to a pale yellow. These have a very tart taste.
Fragile husks cover the tomatillo. Towards the end of summer, fruits dangle copiously from the branches.
Tomatillos are members of the nightshade family and they are a core If Mexican food. It’s the citrusy yet sweet flavor of tomatillos that give a kick to green salsa.
The purple tomatillo grows throughout the Americas apart from in the extreme north. It’s most prevalent in Mexico.
Uses for Purple Tomatillo
Tomatillos are a staple ingredient of the green sauces common to Mexican and Central American cooking.
With a tart flavor and vibrant green coloring, tomatillos are very widely used.
Purple tomatillo has a sweeter taste. They are great in jams and preserves.
You can keep ripe tomatillos in the fridge for a couple of weeks and they’ll still be good to eat. If you remove the husks and keep them in sealed Ziploc bags, they’ll last even longer. If you want some to last you through the colder seasons, pop them in the freezer.
Where To Grow Purple Tomatillo
Choosing the right growing site is key with any plant.
You’ll want to find somewhere with full exposure to the sun. Make sure that the soil is fairly rich and well-drained. Although the tomatillo is a wild plant, it is pretty intolerant of saturated soil.
Before you plant your seeds, it pays to mix in a few inches of compost. If you fork this over nicely, it will help with drainage if this is an issue.
If you’ve got heavy clay soil in your garden, raised beds are a great way to grow purple tomatillos.
Planting Purple Tomatillos
A couple of months before the last frost of the year, start your tomatillo seeds indoors.
Before transplanting them outdoors when the time is right, make sure to harden the plants first.
When then the soil is nicely warm and any realistic chance of frost is history, set them outside at the same time as you start your tomatoes.
Plant tomatillos deeply. The roots of the plant will sprout along the stem so it’s worth accommodating them properly for best results.
The purple tomatillo will grow up to 3 or 4 feet tall. You’ll get the same 3 or 4 feet in width. Make sure you keep your plants 3 feet apart. Space the rows 3 to 4 feet.
You can make use of tomato cages or trellis to give your tomatillos some added support.
If you are looking to cater for your own family cooking only, just 2 to 4 plants will be more than enough.
Growing Purple Tomatillos
If you are just starting out gardening or perhaps you just want something that will grow without too much interference, purple tomatillos make a smart choice.
They are prolific and will keep on producing until they are taken out of commission by the onset of frosts.
Put down about 2 or 3 inches of grass clippings or other organic mulch. This will keep the soil nice and moist while staving off intruding weeds.
Give them an inch or so of water once a week. They are fairly tolerant to drought but they prefer a little moisture.
You don’t need any fertilizer with purple tomatillos.
They really are a breeze to grow and incredibly rewarding.
Harvesting Purple Tomatillos
Once you have transplanted your seeds, you’ll be anywhere from 75 to 100 days from harvest.
When the husks are filled out and look on the verge of splitting, it’s time for harvest.
You can store them in their husks at room temperature for up to a week. If you put them in the fridge, they’ll be fine for as long as 3 weeks.
Make sure you harvest all your tomatillos. Chuck any that are rotten or overripe onto your compost. The last thing you want is self-sown seedlings so do a thorough job at harvesting time.
Maintaining Purple Tomatillos
As you’ve seen, tomatillos are extremely easy to grow.
They very seldom suffer from any insect pest problems or disease.
If you cage the tomatillo plants off the ground, this will keep them out of the reach of slugs and snails, protect them from early blight and allow air to circulate effectively.
Since they are not as heavy as tomatoes, the small wire cages you use for your tomatoes will be perfectly strong enough for your tomatillos as well.
Preparing Your Tomatillos
As with all aspects of the tomatillo, preparation is super-simple.
Just tear off the husks and give the fruits a wash. There is no need to core or seed them.
You can eat them raw or cook them so if you are stuck for inspiration, we’ll point you in the right direction of some mouth-watering recipes before we finish up.
Purple Tomatillo Recipes
This site has some tasty purple tomatillo recipes along with great background information on this delicious nightshade.
House Plants for Every Area of the Home
A few plants can totally transform any area, big or small. They breathe new life into spaces, just as they do outside. If you are looking for one of the easiest ways to update your house, add some new life into it, and make it more modern without having to spend your hard earned money on new furniture or overpriced décor pieces, house plants are it. But there is so much more to houseplants than you may realize. For starters, they are not all created the same way. Some of them won’t thrive in certain spaces where others will, so it’s important to know the differences in variety.
To choose a plant for each spot in your home, you’ll want to keep two things in mind: plant care and the overall aesthetic you’re going for. Knowing what kind of care your houseplants need is vital to keeping them alive. They all have different needs when it comes to things like how much sun they need a day as well as how much humidity they can handle, similar to how some people like cooler homes and some warmer. Plants who like indirect light will not thrive on a windowsill, and plants who need bright sun all day long to grow will not enjoy living in a dim bathroom.
As for the second step, the worst thing to do when trying to bring new beauty to your home is if you were to buy a plant that is only going to ruin the entire style you have going in various parts of your home. For instance, a houseplant like a cactus does not fit in a calm and peaceful bedroom, and putting one in there would really mess up the goal you had for the room. A cactus by no means says harmony and tranquility.
The good news for you your style and maintenance needs is that there are tons and tons of houseplant types out there to perfectly fit into any kind of abode and style. We are going to go through all the rooms in your home and imagine together which plants to buy for each kind. There is a plant for everything from your kitchen to your bathroom. If at this point you have been worried that you may not have the green thumb skills to pull off keeping houseplants alive, we will also go over a few tips to sustain the various plants. There is nothing worse than dead plants that once had so much hope!
Most of the plants in this list and most of the houseplants, in general, are very low maintenance. That’s why most people opt in for houseplants over a full-on outside garden, because of the ease that comes along with it. If you are a world traveler for work or play, this is good news for you. Most of these plants only need to be positioned in the right atmosphere and can be watered once a week or month.
Let’s Talk Living Room Houseplants
The first thing that guests and residents will see when they walk into your home is the living area. Think of it as the hub of your home. This is where so much of life happens. it’s where deep talks take place on the couch, card games get played around the coffee table, kids play with toys, and adults curl up in a corner and read. You will want this room to be as lively as the action it gets day in and day out. Make a statement in a space that gets a lot of foot traffic. The living room is both the safe haven from the rest of the big grand world, as well as the welcoming and lovely space where you get together with those you love. The house plants you add to this space can say both of those things well.
Rubber tree plants are great for this space because they can thrive on small amounts or large amounts of sunlight, depending on what your living room has. If there is more light than less, water it more frequently (as it looks parched). If there is less sunlight, water it weekly. If your living room is a colorful space, then cacti and succulents may be the best houseplants for that space. These two thrive in full sun exposure and only need to be watered about once a month. Make sure you eyeball them, though, as they may get thirstier sooner. You will know if you start to look like they’re shriveling. A good rule of thumb is to choose your houseplants depending on what kind of sunlight your living room has.
Let’s Talk Dining Room Houseplants
This area is very similar to your living room, so you can use the same kinds of plants here as you would in there. As a matter of fact, many people have their dining rooms connected to their living rooms. On top of just that, what makes these two similar is the fact that both are rooms where family and friends commune.
Life happens in the dining room because life happens over meals. This is where you and your friend sit over a cup of coffee and talk about life, where you get all your best friends together to share a meal, where huge family gatherings happen for holidays of all kinds, and where you sit at the table and hear about your family’s day.
People come and sit around the table to enjoy each other, so this is a lively spot. Don’t copy the living room, though. If you chose to put a rubber tree houseplant in the living room, try a begonia in the dining room. No matter how you mix and match it, make sure the area feels unique by purchasing greenery that’s lively and exciting for such a lively and exciting space.
Let’s Talk Kitchen Houseplants
The kitchen has factors that go further than just thinking about sunlight. This room in your home is the main source of water. It is not as humid as the bathroom, but it’s definitely more humid than the rest of the house. Another issue you may run into here is that you use your entire kitchen space. Every drawer, cabinet, and counter square inch is used for one purpose or another. Not much is just taking up white space. And if you’re anything like me, you don’t want your counters cluttered or taken up by anything because it gets in the way of dicing, stirring, cutting, and cooking.
We by no means want to downplay the kitchen area. This is where your kids watch you cook dinner, where you cook up experimental means that become to die for meals, where you collaborate and create. For many, the kitchen is a safe haven, but nevertheless, space is limited and you have to get creative.
Your best bet in this room would be hanging house plants. Another great thing I see in many homes (including mine) is potted herbs in the windowsill. These are so much fun. They double as both decorative and practical. You can get a bunch of parsley, a few leaves of basil, or a strand of thyme and use fresh herbs in your meals, grown straight from your very own kitchen!
Herbs in the windowsill need direct sunlight, which sits in the window will provide. Just be sure to keep those shades open! As for watering them, they need regular watering. Keep your eyes on them and water when dry. This usually evens out to a watering schedule of about every few days. Though these may be the neediest plants on our list, they are also the ones you will see the most. Doing dishes and cooking is something you do multiple times a day usually, and there is no way around staring straight at a parched plant (or two or three)and easily tending to it.
Air plants are another great option. They need indirect light, but it can be anywhere from bright to moderate. Most kitchens are lit, but not as vibrant as living rooms and dining rooms. As for watering, get a spritzing bottle and show your air plants some love every day with it. Air Plants are a fan of humidity, so the kitchen provides a very comfortable space for them.
Let’s Talk Bedroom Houseplants
Your bedroom, your guest bedroom, and your children’s bedroom(s) are all meant to be restful places. Many sleep specialists advise not doing any work or even having hard conversations in the bedroom but saving the bedroom for nothing but sleep. It’s meant to be a place of safety, a sanctuary for you to retreat to after a long hard day. In total opposition to the living and dining room, this is not a communal space and it is not meant to be super lively, it is meant to be cozy and minimal. Not chaotic, but a peaceful welcome.
Adding some hints of greenery will help promote a soothing, peaceful environment. Plants and nature have the beautiful ability to boost moods, decrease stress and promote peace. When it comes to sleeping space, it is always a good idea to have plants that improve indoor air quality, since many people struggle with breathing issues when sleeping. Though this is an incredible benefit, don’t go crazy with the number of plants that come into the bedroom. Remember, this is meant to be an uncluttered area in the home in order to promote a calm and peaceful mood. One or two well chosen and well-loved plants is the perfect amount.
The fiddle leaf fig is the perfect room plant. it is stylish, trendy, and beautiful. It looks nice in a corner of the room, maybe next to a dresser or chair. Caring for this plant is all about learning moderation. Too much water or sunlight causes it to feel uncomfortable. This is perfect for the bedroom, which is a moderate space to unwind for you as well.
The English Ivy is another amazing bedroom plant. This plant has beautiful leaves that look strangely like the shapes of hearts. It thrives in pretty much any environment and the vines travel which makes it perfect when hanging out of a basket or hanging over a dresser or a side table. These plants are super low, and they do well when watered only rarely. You can go away for a few days or a week, and this plant will still be thriving when you get back. It is a good idea to show your English Ivy a little extra love and add in some cream cultivars to help it stay healthy and lively for a long, long time.
Let’s Talk Home Office Houseplants
My home office is my haven. It is not too cozy or restful, because this is where I need to be alert to get work done. It is a minimalistic space that gets me in the zone and pushes all distractions away. This is the theme, and this is the style, so any houseplants I add in should follow suit. It is the area that allows me to get important work done away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home, or of the outdoors. My home office is where I do intention, uninterrupted work that I can’t do in a coffee shop or in the living room. For this space, it is important to pick a plant you wouldn’t mind staring at when you’re searching for inspiration or creativity.
Getting a Jade plant for your home office is a great idea. It needs bright light (so do you when trying to stay awake), infrequent watering (monthly). This small plant will stay as vibrant and lively as you need to be to get work done. This one looks as if it is perked up in position, which gives off a fun ironic flair.
Air Plants are another wonderful office addition. I don’t know about you, but my office space is one of the smallest spaces in my home (next to the bathroom). Having plants I can hang in pretty and creative ways gets me excited. You can find so many DIY projects to put these plants in your office. If you want something pretty, creative, fun, and that will fit into limited space, air plants are your best bet. How’s that for productivity!
Let’s Talk Front Porch Houseplants
Even more than the living room, the front porch is the biggest first impression you will make. Whether it is just you or your family coming home to rest or guests coming over to play, having a nice front porch area full of plants is welcoming. The best thing about a front porch is it is between the outside garden and inside house plants. Feel free to go a bit overboard in filling this space with as many plants you wish. Make the nice first impression for every who steps onto your porch, the more the merrier!
If you have a hanging area, always always always choose to hang ferns up. They do really well in the shade as well as areas with high precipitation, so if they have a covering, they will get spritzed when it rains. In the super sunny areas of your porch, you pot begonia, mint, basil or chamomile. But those hanging right in the sun may be a bit more high maintenance, especially when the year has its peak heat.
Don’t let them get dried out, tend to them daily. If you hang any of these in the sun, remember they tend to dry faster because the water leaks out. Having front porch plants is a mid-range between the garden and in the home, so the work level is in the mid-range too. You have to think about pests, too much sun, and rain. Position, choose and tend to them accordingly.
Let’s Talk Bathroom Houseplants
Lastly, let’s talk about the bathroom. This is a very important spot in our homes, regardless of how much we don’t want to admit it. The bathroom is a very intimate and private area where you get ready for the day, get clean, and spend a lot of your time, if you really think about it. When guests go into the bathroom, they want to see a clean, fresh, good smelling, minimal space. I personally love a nice big tub to take baths in and a vanity area to do hair and makeup.
The bathroom is a spot in your house that has a noticeably different temperature and environment than any other room. Tropical plants are great for pulling this off since the setting of a bathroom is comparable to the tropics in condition. Dim lights, high humidity, and warm temperature. Tropical plants can stay happy and healthy and give off a clean and fresh atmosphere that makes a bathroom great!
A great tropical plant is the snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, the viper’s bowstring hemp. This plant goes by a lot of nicknames, but all in all, it is pretty, flirty, and enjoys bathroom environments.
Final Thoughts on Purple Tomatillo
We hope you have enjoyed this snapshot of the purple tomatillo.
One of the real pleasures of gardening is the ability to eat fresh, organic fruit and vegetables lovingly grown with your own hands. Do something different this year and try some tomatillos!
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